Notion is a collaboration platform with modified markdown support that integrates kanban boards, tasks, wikis and databases.
It is an all-in-one workspace for notetaking, knowledge and data management, and project and task management. It is a file management tool offering a unified workspace, allowing users to comment on ongoing projects, participate in discussions, and receive feedback.
It can be accessed by cross-platform apps and by most web browsers. It helps users schedule tasks, manage files, save documents, set reminders, keep agendas, and organize their work.
Collaboration platforms can be used by learners and instructors to organize large batches of data into indexable, shareable, collaborative, and interactive environments.
From the instructors’ side, these platforms enable them to have tangible feedback on how the learners have interiorized the conveyed contents and assess the progress of students in the subject.
From the learners’ side, these platforms enable them to have their notes and documents organized (and permanently stored) in a personalized way they find most suitable and adjusted to their needs.
This kind of tool can be effectively used in educational contexts for many purposes:
- To build a lesson plan database so it is possible to have a reusable over time plan that can be filtered by unit, topic, grade level, or project.
- Organize teaching and learning resources.
- Create a class website that enables rapid interactions between learners and instructors.
- Build student portfolios.
- Track students progress.
Notion can be used as any other LMS platform that allows to grade students assignments. It allows to create a database with students names, assignments, and grades.
Use cases/examples of usage: (tutorial)
Strenght: It allows a smooth interaction of several users over the same content. It has a lot of predefined templates (e.g., project management, meetings, wikis, notes, databases) that speed up the process of setting up the collaborative environment. It is free for educators.
Weakness: All the data submitted to notion are stored in notion servers. It is hard to know which changes a specific user made to a specific page.
People opinion about the tool: https://www.capterra.com/p/186596/Notion/reviews
Similar Tool: ClickUp, Coda, Confluence, Evernote, Google Keep, Joplin, Microsoft OneNote, Monday.com, Nimbus Note, nTask, Nuclino, Obsidian, ProofHub, Quip, Slab, Taskade, Tettra, Todoist, Workflowy.
Technical and operational requirements: Device with web browser and Internet connection for the online version.